Rev Fr. Christy O’Dwyer, former President of St Patrick’s College and currently PP in Cashel and Rosegreen, and all former student priests were honoured in St. Patrick’s College in a special ceremony held on Tuesday last.
Following the annual Student Scholarship and Awards evening, a special tribute was paid to Fr. Christy and the former student priests who attended the College down through the years. The East Wing of the College was re-christened as the “Alumni Wing” and the Student Library is now to be known as “The Fr. Christy O’Dwyer Library.” Two commemorative plaques to mark the occasion were unveiled to the audience on the night and patron of the college, Archbishop Dermot Clifford, blessed both plaques.
The library was renamed in recognition of Fr. Christy’s massive contribution to the College down through the years. He dedicated in excess of thirty years of sterling service to the college, 19 years of which was spent working as the College Librarian.
Current President, Rev. Fr. Fogarty in paying tribute to this “humble and unassuming man” said that he knows “with absolute certainty – that all alumni would be very pleased to hear that this library will be called after Fr. Christy O’Dwyer. He gave sterling service to the college here for over thirty years.”
On accepting the honour Fr. Christy, who was a renowned hurler in his day with his native Arravle Rovers and then the Sean Treacy’s club (he was curate in Kilcommon for a number of years), stated that he was “so taken aback” on hearing that he was to be honoured in this fashion.
“On an occasion such as this, one doesn’t expect to be present at it”, he commented; “You expect to be in a very different place! I am very honoured and very grateful.”
Fr Christy received a very warm and generous round of applause after he had addressed those in attendance for the event.